Withdrawn 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Governor of Ohio

John Richard Kasich
Born: May 13th, 1952  (age 64)

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John Kasich on Capital Punishment

Kasich supports the death penalty

CHUCK TODD: Hey let me ask you something that happened this week in another Midwestern state. The state of Nebraska decided to stop the death penalty altogether and there’s different reasons why they did it. You have had a temporary moratorium in Ohio. I want to read you something that a former predecessor of yours wrote. Bob Taft wrote this in December of last year: “The death penalty is very costly to administer. Lengthy trial and appellate procedures put a burden on county and state governments to pay for lawyers, judges and jails. It may be time to ask the question whether the death penalty in Ohio is a ‘dead man walking.’” Do you agree with his assessment that basically the death penalty is done in Ohio?

JOHN KASICH: No I don’t agree with that Chuck. Look, we’re just looking for the drugs we need to administer it. And in this debate sometimes we forget the victims. Listen, I review all these cases. Some people I have said we will let them stay for a life in prison if I wasn’t certain of who did what but I’ve had these grieving families come to see me Chuck. People who’ve had their mothers who have been gunned down and look it’s about justice. It isn’t about revenge it’s about justice. And I support the death penalty and will continue to do that because a lot of times families want closure when they see justice done. We’re in a tricky situation here because of the lack of drugs. But no I think you administer it sparingly but frankly at the end of the day when it comes to me, everybody’s had a look at these cases and I get the final say and I try to…I don’t try to, I remember the victims when I consider this.

2 June, 2015: Interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press (3:44- 5:15)

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